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By: Ade Adeleke
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Monday joined the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Retired Colonel Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, on a visit to Thailand for a Programme on Medicinal Cannabis Extract Development.
The programme which is centred around exploiting the possibility of medicinal cannabis extract development, is aimed at building capacity and researching the modality of licensing for planting and extracting cannabis oil in Nigeria as well as exploiting its commercial potential with focus on Ondo State.
The programme kicked off on Monday, 13th April, 2019, with briefings at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Bangkok. Thailand is known as the world model for alternative measures.
The governor and the NDLEA Boss are using the visit to access Thailand materials and best practices with the possibility of replicating them in Nigeria.
At the briefing, the Secretary-General of Thai Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong stated that the meeting would be of an advantage to the Nigerian Government.
Governor Akeredolu appreciated the Thai Government, disclosing that Ondo State is known as the largest in the planting of cannabis popularly known as Indian hemp.
He said “we are here to study how cannabis can be of more advantage to the state and Nigeria at large just the way Thai Government has done. Cannabis is used for medical purposes; how can it be cultivated for specific purposes and not be abused?”
Col. Abdullah said the current trend in the world is to look into the advantage of cannabis in the making of food and drugs.
They also visited the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok where the Management made presentations on how to control cannabis, licensing, pharmaceutical benefits of cannabis etc
The Nigerian delegation also toured the University’s Cannabis research laboratory where Governor Akeredolu proposed that they also work along with Nigerian species during their research as Ondo State is ready for partnership with the Naresuan University Team.